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Skyzoo, The Great Debater

Bucktown’s native son Skyzoo has embodied the New York underground for years, dropping the spectacular The Salvation in 2009 and 2010’s Live From The Tapedeck. Continuing his upward momentum, Sky releases The Great Debater mixtape.

Showing no signs of slowing down, “the writer of writers” gets things moving with the vintage dust boom-bap of “Complicated Rhythm,” then smoothly rides over the stutter-step soul of “Designer Drugs” and the go-go-style bongo drums of “We Here” before reuniting with his Live From The Tapedeck co-conspirator !llmind on “Atypical” and “Test Drive.”

A fully capable emcee, Sky is great over backdrops inspired by the underground heyday of the mid-nineties. While that serves best for his triple-entendre metaphorical poetics on tracks such as “Parade Me” where he spits, “My pen theory is fine as Amel Larrieux/On the page you can see that design all up in the groove,” it is when he steps outside of his box on tracks like the N*E*R*D-sampling “Could’ve Struck The Lotto” and the wanton usage of David Axelrod’s “Holy Thursday” on “The Definitive Prayer” where Skyzoo is at his best. The Great Debater is another solid album in the growing catalogue of corner store classics from Brooklyn’s finest. —Meka Udoh

  • jfl11

    really really good piece of work from Sky, expected nothing less. the XL rating is exactly as i’d have given it, can’t wait to see all the comments bashing the site for not giving him an XXL

  • dryice

    the lyrics should’ve gotten a xxl. thexl rating for the entire project is perfect tho

  • popi

    damn i was wondering what happened to skyzoo the other day, gotta check this out

  • Graph

    Just Got done with the TAPE CLASSICS WORK. New York At its BEST. S-K-Y-Z-O-O

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Ch*l*z

    Let the debate begins…………..

  • hereatlast

    Great mixtape. Seriously though, this is a review? I’m sorry Meka but this is super weak, mention nine tracks in complete passing and call it quits? Could easily have written this after a single listen, or even fast-forwarding through the thing…no insight and a couple buzz words, thanks XXL. (Quickly, this is one of the best projects of the year).

  • Phusiøn

    i only heard a couple tracks so far off this mixtape & so far……WHOA! i had a similar expression the first time i bought the salvation & popped it in the whip. i can’t wait to listen to the rest of the mixtape